Tuesday, October 20, 2015


India's entry for Oscars this year is a Marathi film 'Court'.

In the last scene of the movie a small kid tries to wake up a court judge who is sleeping in a park. The judge wakes up slaps the kid and goes back to sleep. It indicates the current status of judiciary system in India. It is sleeping and whoever tries to wake it up will get slapped in the face even if they are naive and innocent.

This film is an intelligent work of art; subtle, slow, marvelous and yet shocking! It is a movie that you need to experience. The movie says a lot without really saying anything, the harsh reality of castes, classes, justice system, superstitions, repression of artists and much more.

In one of the scenes after a day of court hearings everyone leaves the room, the court clerk switches off lights, the camera stays there in the dark, indicating another day of injustice at the court.

One of the lawyers is a smart woman who objects, talks, takes a stand against men in an aggressive manner in the courtroom. On her way home picks up kids, reaches home and cooks, attends phone calls while cooking, after dinner studies for her case. She does all of this effortlessly while her husband is relaxing on the sofa watching TV. She doesn't rebel, object against this or rather she doesn't even realize that there is any injustice.

This film just peels one layer at a time of the real Indian society.

'Court' is really a fine film, if this doesn't win an Oscar what will!

1 comment:

Nitin Ware said...

Clear and unbiased review of the film, marathi movies made now are far more better in quality than the 100 cr Bollywood crap.